By Cyrus D. Mehta and Gianna Boccanfuso• The USCIS continues to strictly scrutinize H-1B petitions. According to an NFAP report, denial rates for H-1B petitions have increased significantly, rising from 6% in FY 2015 to 33% through the second quarter of FY 2019 for new H-1B petitions for initial employment. In recent times, seeking review of an H-1B denial in federal district court has led to successful outcomes such as in Relx v. Baran